Sunday, March 23, 2008

Unfinished Fidget

So, this little beauty is my badge of shame.
I've been done knitting it for over a month and have yet to weave in the ends and sew the buttons on.
I give you....
My adaptation of the Fidget.

Well, there it is.  I knitted it up with Bernat's Bamboo blend yarn in linen and dill.
Four pattern repeats per stripe.


It's supposed to be a birthday gift for one of my best friends, whose birthday is in May.
I HAVE to get it done by then, and there's not much left to do, there's just so many freaking ends.
I should have woven them along as I went, but that's really tricky on a school bus with shot suspension and no scissors.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Great Cloth Knitalong 2008!

So, I joined up on's knitting forum and joined the 2008 cloth knitalong.
I need washclothes for college, I love knitting, the two were made to go hang in hand!
So, here's what I've done so far (all are on either Peaches or Sugar n Cream with US size 7 needles):

Chinese Waves.  I LOVE THIS PATTERN!
It's so simple, and the cloth is so scrubby!
I believe the colorway is Pink Lemonade (Peaches).
Bear with me, a lot of the yarn I used was bought several years ago, so some of the ballbands are gone.

Elvish Leaves.  Colorway is Rosewood (Sugar).
I liked this pattern a lot more than I thought I would.  It's complicated-looking, but really very simple.

Open Star Dishcloth.  Colorway is Over the Rainbow (I think) (Sugar).
This was a cute pattern.  Great for knitting on breaks because it's just a four row pattern repeat.  Really easy to memorize.

Ballband Dischloth.  Knitted in one color (Peaches).
This was actually my second attempt.  The first one failed horribly.

This one's just seed stitch on white Sugar.

This one's just your basic dishcloth pattern (k2, yo, k to end) in colorway Swimming Pool (Sugar).

Diagonal Owl Dishcloth in Early American colorway (Sugar).
I don't like this pattern in verigated yarn.  I need to redo it....

Was initially a swatch for My So-Called Scarf.  Knitted up in Midnight Magic (Sugar).

Another basic dishcloth done in Country Stripes (Sugar).

Checkered dishcloth.  Sort of my own pattern.  Rougly an inch border on each end.  Done in blocks of 6 (k6(border), p6,k6).  Knitted up in Sugar Stripes, I can't remember the colorway.

Another basic dishcloth.  More Sugar in a colorway I can't remember.

More basicness, though I forgot to mention on the other ones so far that I made the center areas stockinette stitch, rather than just plain garter.

I call this one "Almost Lace" because I had originally started out with the intention of making a lacy cloth (not sure how effective that would be) but wimped out and did this instead.  It's pretty much just a few rows of stockinette with a row of k2tog, yo thrown in now and again.

Needless to say, because of all these cloths not taking up full balls of yarn, I've had quite a bit of scrap yarn.  So I made some garter stitch basic dishcloths.

This next one is done in the stitch pattern for the Fidget neckwarmer, which I knitted up just before this.  I love this cloth, it's currently in my shower!

This next one (and last for now) is called Wheatfields.
I love the turnout of the pattern, but you constantly have to keep an eye on the pattern, because it changed every line.

I've knitted quite a bit more, but I think this is enough for one post.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Viral Mitts

Viral Mitts
I knit the vast majority of the first of this pair of mitts in my health class, during a video about viruses, hence the name. The fact that my Health teacher is a disease is completely inconsequential.
I would just like to note that I do my knitting in the round using the Magic Loop method, NOT dpns, so if I miscount the stitches for the thumbhole, I apologize.

Pretty unimportant, the whole thing is knitted in ribbing.

My hand is about 7.5 inches at the palm.

1 Ball Lily Sugar’n Cream (100% cotton. Roughly 90 yards/ball)
Size 8 32-40” circular needle (or dpns)
Stitch markers
Needle for weaving in ends

(Make 2)
CO 28 sts
Work 16 rounds (approx 2.5 inches) of k1p1 ribbing.
Work 14 sts in pattern
Work thumbhole (instructions below), k1p1 to end of round
Work 4.5 inches of k1p1 ribbing.
BO loosely.

Weave in ends and enjoy!

Sl 1 st as if to knit, move yarn to front of work and leave it there
Sl next st as if to knit
Pass 1st slipped st over 2nd
Repeat 6-7 times (6 is a bit snug on me)
Sl last st on right needle back to left needle
Bring yarn to front
At edge where the hole was begun, CO the number of sts bound off +1
Sl 1 st from left needle as if to knit
Pass extra CO st over next st, then slip this st back to left needle

Recommended Cast On (Twisted Purl Cast On):
Insert right needle into the next st on left needle through back loop
Purl st, place on left needle

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Birthday/Christmas has been good to me.

Alright.  Since my last post, I have managed to complete:
The handwarmers for my cousins.
7 Calorimetrys
1 Ellen
1 Danica Scarf
1 Pair of Susan Mitts (all that's left is finishing)
More dishcloths than you can shake a stick at
The start of a pillow from all my novelty yarn.

First things first (that I have pics of)
The Danica.
I started it Christmas Day, when I was in bed and VERY sick.
That was the point I stopped at when I went to sleep on Boxing Day.
I used Emotive wool in a nice green shade for the main color, and various bits from my scrap basket for the colored panels.
That was about a week after Christmas.
I finished it around January 10th.
My baby sister loves it.
She carried it around all day.
Sorry for the crap modeling job.
I loved this pattern.
It was fun to knit :)))

I knit my other sister a Calorimetry a few days ago out of some horribly rough acrylic yarn:

My grandmother gave me a $75 gift card for Michaels.
I spent most of it on yarn.
Specifically a ball of Bernat Natural Soy Blends.
Which I turned into an unblocked (really need to get on that) version of a pattern named Ellen, which I found on Ravelry:
The cast off row is too tight, so it's a bit hard to get on and off.

My New Year's Resolution is to be able to keep ALL of my yarn in my under-bed tote.
Well, the real goal is to fit all my knitting stuff, but I am rational enough to realize that will prolly never happen.
Well, I stumbled upon a HUGE stash of Novelty fun fur and crap.
So I wanted rid of it.
I'm triple stranding Boucle, eyelash, and fur yarn into a pillow:

Santa was good to me.
I ended up getting:
KnitPicks Nickel-Plated Options set.
40" cables (one of the set pulled out, so they sent me two new ones O.o)
47" cables
5 Balls of Palette yarn
1 hank of Shadow laceweight yarn
Knit Socks!
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks!
Sizes 0,1,2,3 40" circular needles (I'm only missing 1.5 and 2.5 now)